Saudi's Shareek programme announces first wave of companies
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Aramco, ACWA Power, SABIC to receive support from Saudi’s Shareek programme

Aramco, ACWA Power, SABIC to receive support from Saudi’s Shareek programme

The first wave of supported projects, which will have strategic impact on several economic sectors, will benefit from investments worth SAR192.4bn

Neesha Salian
Shareek programme to suppport Saudi Arabia's private sector

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and chairman of the Large Companies Investment Committee, has announced the first wave of projects to receive support from the Shareek programme.

The kingdom’s dedicated initiative for large companies was launched to help tap the full potential of Saudi Arabia’s private sector, and contribute to achieving the national targets defined by Vision 2030.

The programme was launched on March 30 2021.

Shareek programme highlights

To date, 28 companies are enrolled in the Shareek programme. Framework agreements were signed for 12 projects that have been approved within the Shareek incentives criteria, across eight companies, in a number of strategic sectors.

These projects will contribute to the kingdom’s economic growth, diversify industries, promote innovation, and further enable public-private partnerships.

The programme is helping eligible companies accelerate planned projects and identify new potential partnerships and investment opportunities through government support.

The first wave of supported projects will have strategic impact on several economic sectors in the kingdom, encompassing investments worth SAR192.4bn. SAR120.23bn will be spent by large companies by the end of 2030, to achieve more than SAR466.83bn in GDP growth by 2040 and create 64,451 local jobs.

 Abdulaziz Al-Arifi, CEO of Shareek programme, stated that the kingdom’s Vision 2030, contributes to making Saudi Arabia a leading destination for investment and growth, with its focus on bolstering partnerships with the private sector as a key catalyst for sustainable economic development.

Furthermore, the Shareek programme has become a key choice for large private sector companies, based on the 12 projects enabled by the programme across four sectors.

Al-Arifi pointed out that the overall value of the announced investments is around SAR192bn, including SAR120bn spent by large companies by the end of 2030 to achieve more than SAR466bn in GDP growth by 2040, equating to an economic multiplier of 2.43.

Al-Arifi added that these projects support the growth of eight national companies and contribute to raising their international competitiveness, in addition to generating a strong ripple effect across entire value chains, which results in great investment opportunities for a wider segment of the private sector.

Read: Saudi Crown Prince launches National Investment Strategy

Strategic projects under Shareek:

  1. Aramco will receive support to accelerate implementation of five projects which will create more than ten thousand jobs, including a joint venture steel plate manufacturing project, aiming to make Saudi Arabia 100 per cent self-sufficient for steel plate demand by 2030; a cloud project which will attract Google Cloud services into the kingdom and establish Saudi Arabia as a hub for advanced cloud computing technologies; an engine manufacturing project which will aid in the development of a sustainable maritime sector and unlock greater value from metals and machinery sectors, which are central to diversified industrial development; a casting and forging project in Ras Al Khair, which will enhance the integration of industrial supply chains in the kingdom, and the Amiral Petrochemical Complex project, contributing to the localization of chemicals production, with the aim to strengthen the kingdom’s global leadership in the petrochemical industry.
  2. Also in the energy sector, ACWA Power will receive Shareek support for the construction of the world’s largest green hydrogen plant, which is being developed in partnership with NEOM Green Hydrogen Company and Air Products Qudra. The project demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s capabilities as a green energy leader, in support of the kingdom’s net zero ambitions.
  3. Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) will receive support to accelerate its Phosphate 3 project in Wa’ad Al Shamal, which is set to position the company as the third largest global producer of phosphate fertilisers by 2029 and enhance the kingdom’s position in the world’s agricultural value chain, aiding global food security.
  4. Within the kingdom’s petrochemicals sector, the industry leader SABIC has received support for a catalyst project, primed to reduce Saudi Arabia’s import dependency and enhance its position as an exporter by establishing Saudi Arabia’s’s first catalyst manufacturing hub. Through a joint venture, Shareek will provide support to Advanced Petrochemical Company to produce liquid methionine and ammonium sulphate, which will contribute to enhancing domestic food security and animal production efficiency. The project will also create over 21,000 new job opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
  5. In the growing telecommunications industry, stc will implement an EMC cable project, strengthening Saudi Arabia’s position as a MENA region digital hub and reliable route for data traffic. Also, Zain will be accelerating a data center project, set to help transform the kingdom into a digital economy by ensuring readiness for future IT advancements.
  6. Saudi logistics giant Bahri will scale up its capacity for ammonia transportation through a project supported by Shareek, set to provide ammonia transport services for the first time in the kingdom, reducing international vessel dependency and enhancing local content in the logistics sector.

Shareek aims to unlock SAR5tn in domestic private sector investments by 2030 and contribute to the goals set out in Vision 2030, which target an increase in private sector GDP contribution to 65 per cent and an increase non-oil exports from 16 to 50 per cent.

The programme is implemented with the support of several sectorial supervisory committees led by senior government officials. The projects announced at the event represent the first wave of supported projects.

Many more are expected to be supported, and these will be announced in due course.

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